The pilot was taking off from a sloping beach in Kenai, Alaska, in his tailwheel-equipped Piper PA-18A-150. He noted that the tide had come in, narrowing his takeoff path. [Read more…]
Ace photographer Brian Neidhardt sent in this photo taken in Greenville, Maine, of a Quest Kodiak on floats. Look for more of Brian’s photos in our April 21 print issue. [Read more…]
In response to our call for seaplane stories, Eric Ziegler sent us this one: “When I was a pre-pilot with about eight hours of land time, my wife and I visited her brother, who lived in Thibadoux, La. He worked for the gas pipeline company there, and frequently inspected small concrete data islands in the swamp. He invited me along for such a trip in a float C-180. Our first takeoff exhilarated me — so smooth.
“From the left seat our pilot allowed me take the controls, even for our first landing. Looking forward to a great splash-down after a good approach, I was startled when he took the airplane from me at about 100 feet and did a go-around. At 500 feet he chuckled “bumps in the water.” In this case, alligators.
During our brief stay on the little island I saw gators, water mocs, and more. I was quite happy to leave, but happier to get my splash-down on the lake by the headquarters. Surreal, but great day!”
As the Red Bull Air Race World Championship heads to Spielberg, Austria, for the second race of the season, Austrian pilot Hannes Arch got in a little practice at the Tauern Wind Park in his hometown of Styria, Austria.
Arch turned one of the world’s highest windfarms – located at 6,200 feet above sea level – into a slalom course, hurtling at speeds exceeding 185 mph around 14 wind turbines. The Spielberg race takes place on April 23-24 at the famous Red Bull Ring, known worldwide as a Formula One venue. [Read more…]
BLOOMER, Wis. — MT Composite Propeller blades for use on piston-powered aircraft have always included a stainless steel leading edge guard. This tough and replaceable edge provides superior protection from erosion and foreign object damage (FOD) for more than 50,000 blades in operation around the world.
A harder and larger nickel leading edge has been standard on MT Composite Propellers designed for use on turbine powered commuter aircraft. The nickel edges provide the best protection from damage and erosion.
Cessna Aircraft Company reports that student pilots who sign up for the Cessna Flight Training System through the Cessna Pilot Center network will receive a one-year Garmin Pilot subscription. The Garmin Pilot app allows pilots to plan, file, fly and log flights using their Apple or Android tablets and smartphones. [Read more…]
The Third Edition of the Aviation Maintenance Technician Oral & Practical Exam Guide has been updated to reflect the most current FAA PTS and Guidance Documents. [Read more…]
The pilot departed on the two-hour flight with the fuel quantity gauge of each fuel tank indicating about half full, but did not verify the quantity of fuel present in the tanks prior to the flight. [Read more…]